What’s New in Power Automate?
You may be wondering, “What’s new in Power Automate connectors?” This brief review will take you through eight of the latest. These cover custom app building, portfolio management, collaboration, fundraising, accounting, leads and opportunities, and a virtual PBX! It’s exciting to see so many interesting topics brought by creators from all walks.
From its French headquarters in Paris under the parasol of managing visual collaboration comes a new connector, Iobeya.
For better meeting management, this connector’s six actions let you:
- Create a new card
- Compute a QCD Letter’s indicator object
- Get a list of cards activity between two dates
- Get a list of boards
- Get a list of rooms, or
- Bulk update of QCD Indicator values
Worth a look for For Lean and Agile Enterprise pros!
From Columbia based Mural, this connector is limited to two actions; to create a new mural, or create a new sticky note. But, the app appears to have a lot going for it for your team’s whiteboard style collaboration. At this point the connector itself feels light on useful function but there’s definitely room for it to grow.
Two and a half stars
Fundraising and Leads & Opportunities
We’ve reviewed another fundraising connector for Power Automate from an independent publisher, as well as the series from BlackBaud that dropped this time last year. With that in mind, let’s look at Givebutter.
Non-profit professionals might want to consider Givebutter, a free fundraising app, especially now that there’s a new connector to help to automate many of the tasks that in the past you’d need to pull from your valuable resources of paid staff or volunteers. Loaded with more than two dozen actions, this connector will automate
- Creation of or update of a fund, campaign, or contact.
- Getting a specific campaign, contact, fund, member, payout, plan, team, ticket, or transaction.
- Getting a list of your campaigns, or list of members or teams under a specific campaign.
- Getting a list of contacts, payouts, plans, tickets or transactions.
- Deleting (archive) a contact, campaign (or member from a campaign), or a fund.
- Restoring a deleted (archived) contact.
A cool future trigger idea would be one that starts a flow to send a survey about a completed campaign, which in turn could help fundraisers better understand what worked and what didn’t about certain campaigns. Still, this what’s new garners a solid start.
From the innovators at Phiquest, their LeadLoader connector could not be more aptly named for its function. It’s single action uploads leads and creates an opportunity. Microsoft documentation describes it this way: “This Connector helps automate the process of creating a “Lead” for Repfabric’s backend system. It takes data from a csv and invokes multiple calls to the Repfabric system that can create or get the items needed to automate the Lead creation process.”
Two and a half stars
Accounting and Finance
Datablend connector fosters automation from any of its over 100 integrated apps to its app for budgeting and reporting, human resources, enterprise resource planning, CRM. Chances are you’re probably using some of these apps now and could benefit from using the actions of this Power Automate connector if your needs are accounting and finance related.
Three and a half stars
Custom or Off the Shelf App Building
The Softools connector for DIY app building offers lots of case studies on their website to inspire you. Actions can create, archive, unarchive, patch, or delete a record (requires archive first), or get a record, list of all records or basic field data from an app, or get a list of records from a report with a limit of 250 records per request.
For project portfolio management the PPM Express connector lets you retrieve info about the entities from your PPM Express tenant, and to create new or update existing ones. Aside from over two dozen actions, it can also trigger a flow when an operation is performed on an entity in PPM Express.
For LMT Mobile customers (Latvia), Zvanu Parvaldnieks connector provides automation for a mobile Private Branch Exchange (PBX) phone system. It can trigger flows that will get a plethora of info about those calls including call history, recordings, and it lets you add employees, groups, and to retrieve voicemails.
For the curious, Google translate, which I consider only 50 percent reliable, from Latvian “Zvanu Parvaldnieks” to English returns, “I call Parvaldnieks.” Yup, 50 percent. A last name perhaps?
Side Note to What’s New
It should be noted that one from among the 785 Power Automate connectors, the Microsoft Dynamics 365 connector is now fully deprecated.
There are still more reviews to come as the new connectors simply keep on coming our way. When you need help finding your way through to the best connector for your project or need to know what’s new, CONTACT US!